According to the Specsavers opticians in Ikley, often a child won’t want to admit to not being able to see properly in the classroom, which can, as a result, hinder their development at school.
Around 80 per cent of everything a child learns is through their vision, so it’s important to ensure that your child is getting their vision regularly checked.
Roger Copely, store director and dispensing optician said: ‘Good eyesight is one of the most important tools in a child’s learning so regular eye examinations are essential. We must remember that children have no way of knowing if what they can see is different from what others can see.
‘Undetected problems can damage a child’s confidence and performance in reading and sports that require hand-eye co-ordination. If left untreated, conditions such as lazy eyes and squints can become permanent. The summer holidays are the perfect time to get your children’s eyes tested before the new school term begins.’
Specsavers recommends that children should have their first eye examination at around three years old. The test is designed to be friendly and fun, and for children who are not reading yet, there are special charts, shapes and picture books, which the optician can use instead.
For parents concerned about their child’s eyesight, there are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for, such as: is your child sitting too close to the TV; do they rub their eyes a lot; are they clumsy; do they squint? Specsavers suggests asking them the following simple questions:
- Can you see what’s on the board clearly when you sit at the back of the classroom?
- Do you get headaches?
- Is your handwriting messier than most of your friends?
- Do you often lose your place or get words the wrong way round while reading?
- Do you find it difficult to see things close to your face, when you are drawing or making things?
If your child answers ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it could be time to get their eyes examined.
Children and young people under 19 in full-time education are entitled to a free Specsavers eye test through the NHS and a voucher towards the cost of glasses or lenses.